Ever hanker to live like a Hobbit? Been cravin’ the lifestyle of Frodo and the gang? Well, the folks at The Shire are offering a community living situation that is right up your Lord of the Rings obsessed alley. Let's take a look, shant we?
The Shire is located in Bend, Oregon and is the vision of developer Ron Meyers and a team of designers. The homeowners there share a "unique" vision to have their "community" go beyond the ordinary and incorporate the values and charms of a different age.
According to their website:
“The Shire has many flavors of eighteenth century English architecture and landscaping chosen because the style of the period was enchanting, evoking good feelings of a simpler lifestyle than the present. The Shire is a place where just the beauty and charm of the grounds and the structures make you relax, smile and be happier. We set out to create a lifestyle rather than a subdivision.”
Whew, no subdivision!
“The Shire is conceived to be a retro community in its exterior appearance. Inside The Shire dwellings you'll find a blend of quaint and charming styling cues melded throughout completely modern floor plans, conveniences and appliances. To achieve the character and feeling of English cottages and village townhomes, The Shire designers have specified only high quality fixtures and materials. Some materials, seldom seen in residential construction for a hundred years, have been resurrected and manufactured from contemporary compositions."